Power failure in South Kashmir's Tral sub-district has left the consumers high and dry. People on Saturday staged a "candle march" to protest against power crisis in the town.
Protestors blocked Tral- Aripal road at PDD Sub-division office causing massive traffic jam in the area. Protestors were later dispersed by police, witnesses said.
"Even the metered areas of the town are "not spared" and are subjected to frequent outages. The power department should improve the power supply," said Bashir Ahmed from Tral-I Bala.
Meanwhile, locals from Kaigam and Seer villages complained about power failure. They said the village is reeling under darkness as all the transformers in the areas are defunct since past one month.
"We visited the power sub-division office Tral with a plea to re-install the transformers, but to no avail," said Mohammad Lateef, a protestor.
Consumers of Civil Lines Tral, Kanil Mohalla and Hospital Lines Tral complained of low voltage. "The voltage is so low that we are forced to lit candles to illuminate the room." says Junaid Hassan, a local.
Assistant Executive Engineer PDD Sub-division Tral said, "The amount of power, PDD is suI ssupposed supplied to receiving stations from sub-transmission division is supplied to the consumers. We do not make any additional curtailment in power."
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Muneer ul Islam told Greater Kashmir that 24 transformers in the Sub-district are defunct and will be repaired within a week.